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Initial Coin Offering Scam Charges Settled

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On December 12, 2018, the SEC announced that two former executives behind an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (“ICO”) stopped by the SEC earlier this year have been ordered in federal court to pay nearly $2.7 million and prohibited from...
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FTC Finds 1-800 Contacts Unlawfully Harmed Competition

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FTC Commissioners Find 1-800 Contacts Unlawfully Harmed Competition in Online Search Advertising Auctions, Restricting the Availability of Truthful Advertising to Consumers On November 14, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it held that 1-800 Contacts, the nation’s largest online...
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Microcap Fraud Scheme Stopped by SEC

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On October 3, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it filed an emergency action and obtained an asset freeze against two individuals and their companies in a scheme that generated more than $165 million of illegal sales of...
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Bitcoin-Funded Securities Dealer, CEO Charged

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On September 27, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it filed charges against an international securities dealer and its Austria-based CEO for allegedly violating the federal securities laws in connection with security-based swaps funded with bitcoins.   According to...
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